12/27/2019

Urgent Action Update: Verdict Date Set for Two Lebanese Men (United Arab Emirates: UA 38.19)


The Federal Supreme Court has set 20 January 2020 to issue its verdict in the case of two Lebanese men, including Ahmed Nimr Sobeh, who are appealing their conviction and sentences. The Court is yet to set the date to hear the appeal of a third Lebanese man, Abdelrahman Talal Chouman. The three men had been sentenced by the Federal Appeal Court in a trial that did not meet international fair trial standards.

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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Crown Prince Court
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street,
P.O. Box 124
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fax: +971 2 668 6622
Twitter: @MohamedBinZayed
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
3522 International Court NW Suite 400, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 243 2400 I Fax: 202 243 2432
Contact form: https://bit.ly/2CrKyHz
Facebook: @UAEEmbassyUS
Twitter: @UAEEmbassyUS
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Salutation: Your Excellency

Your Excellency,

On 20 January 2020, the State Security Chamber of the Federal Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict in the case of two Lebanese men, Ahmed Nimr Sobeh (a sales consultant at Al Nabooda Automobiles), and another Lebanese man, both of whom were sentenced on 15 May 2019 to 10 years in prison by the State Security Chamber of the Federal Appeal Court. The court is yet to set a date for the trial of a third Lebanese man, Abdel Rahman Talal Chouman (a safety and security trainer with Emirates airlines), who was sentenced to life in prison in the same case. Charges included “forming a terrorist cell” and “planning terrorist attacks in the UAE on orders of Hezbollah”. The three men’s convictions were based on proceedings that failed to meet international fair trial standards; indeed, the court admitted as evidence “confessions” extracted under duress; the defendants were detained incommunicado for months and denied access to lawyers during interrogation and investigation; and they were not given adequate time and facilities to prepare their defense. All three have appealed their conviction and sentences.

In light of the above, I call on the Emirati authorities to remind all members of the judiciary of their obligations under international law to ensure that all trials fully comply with international fair trial standards, and to emphasize, in particular, that courts must exclude evidence obtained under torture.

Yours sincerely,

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